If you are looking for an easy and effective way to do something good for you body, consider the health benefits of juicing. Juicing is preparing and drinking fruit and vegetable juices. The many health benefits of juicing far exceed those of eating solid fruits and vegetables. Modern production, processing, storing and cooking practices reduce nutrients to less than 50 percent of those required to maintain a healthy body. This combined with the fact that eating non organic food, that has the nutritional value greatly reduced, could also leave many of us malnourished in important vitamins, enzymes and minerals.
Juicing is beneficial because the body can quickly absorb larger amounts of nutrients and enzymes from juices than from solid foods since the veggies or fruits are stripped of fiber allowing easy absorption of nutrients.
Drinking just 1 ounce of wheatgrass has the same nutritional value of chlorophyll as eating 2 pounds of greens, and 16 ounces of vegetable juice has the vitamins and enzymes equivalent of eating 6 to 7 pounds of vegetables.
Enzymes are also involved in metabolism, so another health benefit of juicing is that it can increase metabolic rate. Juicing also ensures that the body is getting sufficient amounts of phytochemicals which are substances in plants that are considered among the most powerful ways to fight disease.
Most people do not eat enough raw fruits and vegetables to obtain the amount of phytochemicals that would make a difference. It is relatively easy to drink enough juice to obtain sufficient amounts of these powerful nutrients. In addition, antioxidants and other immune enhancing properties are concentrated in juices.
Tips for Juicing:
Use organic foods. Since you are ingesting only juices, make sure that what you use is of the highest quality without any type of toxic chemicals sprayed on them. Also eating or juicing with organic foods will increase the nutrients. Organic foods can have up to fifty percent more nutrients then their non-organic counterparts. An interesting fact to note – spinach in the 1950′s had 65 percent more iron then the non-organic spinach grown today. This problem is a byproduct of mass farming practices used today.
Drink between 8 ounces and 16 ounces of juice at least 2 times per week. You can get great benefits from juicing fruits and vegetables of all types, but some to consider are carrots, celery, ginger, beets, spinach, greens, apple and cucumbers.
Herbalists consider Echinacea to be one of the best blood purifiers and effective antibiotics. It activates the body’s immune system, increasing the chances of fighting off any disease. This popular herb has been used to help ward off the common cold as well as to relieve the symptoms of hay fever and urinary tract infections.
Echinacea aids in the production of interferon and increases antiviral activity against influenza (flu), and herpes which is an inflammation of the skin and mouth. It may reduce the severity of symptoms such as runny nose and sore throat and reduce the duration of illness in general.
Echinacea’s antibacterial properties can stimulate wound healing and are of benefit to skin conditions such as burns, insect bites, ulcers, psoriasis, acne and eczema. Its anti-inflammatory properties may relieve arthritis and lymphatic swelling.
Note: Echinacea will work the best when taken when symptoms first appear, or using as a preventive when around others who are infected.
Echinacea Premium combines the roots of the Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea to enlist properties unique to each. The blending of these two plant species ensures that the specific caffeic acid derivatives (cichoric acid, echinacoside, cynarin) and the lipophilic components (especially alkylamides) are present in appropriate quantities. This product is standardized to contain a total of 4.1 mg per tablet of alkylamides to ensure optimal strength and quality.
These substances and other unnamed phytochemicals work together to:
• Enhance immune system function (particularly non-specific immune function)
• Support and promote normal interferon production
• Support and promote healthy white blood cells
• Support healthy immune response following stress, sudden changes in weather or temperature
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